Cultural characteristics that can diminish servant leadership and how can they be overcome
One cultural characteristic that can diminish servant leadership is individualism. Individualism is part of the American culture. To be an effective servant leader a servant leader must think of others and not just about themselves. Employees spend so much time at work that many consider the workplace to be a 2nd home. If anyone does not provide for his relative, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever (1 Timothy 5:8). Just like a family at home, the workplace can be like a family, which is why a leader must provide by serving. Individualism in leadership can be overcome by thinking of others and keeping a positive mindset where every decision made effects everyone.
Another cultural characteristic that can diminish servant leadership is the increasing number of childless marriages. Some couples cannot have children which are very unfortunate, but more couples each year decide not to have kids. A couple who decides not to have kids is a couple that does not want to serve anyone but themselves. A childless couple that chooses not to have kids has chosen not to leave anything behind once they die. No matter what wealth one achieves it will eventually disappear leaving no trace that one existed, while a child will carry a part of their parents in them to the next generation. This is all happening at a time where childbirth is provided with more luxury and safety than before. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground (Genesis 1:28).” On the opposite end are couples who have kids and then get divorced or do not love and support their kids. To fix this the culture will need a more God-centered and loving approach in every part of the culture. It may be too late for the current generation to change, but future generations can learn from the current generation’s mistakes if educated properly. For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope (Romans 15:4).
Provide a list of "best practices" for an organization dedicated to practicing servant leadership in the area of HR policies, training and leadership development, customer service, and decision making.
There are many “best practices” for an organization dedicated to practicing servant leadership. One best practice is to provide coaching and training whenever possible. My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). Another best practice is to hire employees that follow a God-centered approach. He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm (Proverbs 13:20). Also make sure that everyone projects love not hate. Love is above knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up (1 Corinthians 8:1)